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Big Barbie causes big drama

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There is absolutely nothing wrong with being plus-size, small-size, medium-size or large-size.  And there is definitely nothing wrong with shopping for clothing that fits your size. What does cause problems is when an icon for young girls is promoting unhealthiness (from both directions).

Nobody can deny the fact that over the past few years, the plus-size clothing industry has been tapped into, producing more fashionable options for women larger than average. While this is great because all women should feel beautiful no matter what their body size, some people have taken to heart the discussion about whether or not America needs a plus-size Barbie.

Plus-Size-Modeling.com posted a Facebook photo about a week ago depicting a new Barbie with a triple-chin and curvier limbs. According to the Huffington Post, over 35,000 people have 'liked' it, but many have taken to sharing their distaste. 'Imo this is horrible. Maybe make her a little fuller, but in no way promote obesity. Triple chins?? Really?? Im a curvy girl, but come on this is ridiculous,' said one commenter.  

Artist Nickolay Lamn has actually created a 3D model of an 'average' Barbie-like doll. He told the Huffington Post, 'If we criticize skinny models, we should at least be open to the possibility that Barbie may negatively influence young girls as well.'

Soon-to-be-mother Samantha Blom believes that Barbie should come in all shapes and heights, but that there should absolutely be limits. 'The Barbie they created with the three chins may take it too far simply because it's promoting unhealthiness. Barbie should be a role model, encouraging all girls to be the best they can be. To classify any of the Barbie dolls as plus-size, or any other classifying term for that matter, is wrong in my opinion. They should be Barbie, because all females are women. We don't need to categorize ourselves. It only adds to our misguided concepts of what should be.''

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